What to do about the U.S. places, like Louisiana (36.6%) and Arkansas (36%), are lagging woefully behind.? Even with what appears to be a slight increase as people try to protect themselves against the more transmissible now spreading through many parts of the country, only a pitiful 0.1% or so of Americans are currently getting their first dose every day. That’s a far cry from the urgent scramble that Delta demands, especially given that only about half the country is fully vaccinated—and some
So far, the U.S. summer, that might have been a relatively low-risk choice since when there’s a little virus circulating in a given area, unvaccinated people can essentially operate like free riders, benefitting from the community protection conferred by those who got their shots. But now, as the Delta variant fuels what could become the fourth wave, that free-riding behavior becomes much more dangerous to the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike.has been to sell people on the notion that, when you’re vaccinated, you can more safely see loved ones, go out to eat, and so on. But it’s become clear that about half of Americans don’t feel they to enjoy those things. When the nationwide COVID-19 case numbers were ultra-low earlier this
, to switch to the sticks—namely, vaccine mandates. Mandates are working wonders in France, where vaccination appointments skyrocketed after President Emmanuel Macron announced earlier this that only vaccinated people (or those with proof of a recent negative test) would be allowed to visit restaurants, cafes, and more. At probably did so only begrudgingly, and Fprotests have rocked France since the mandate was announced—but all that ratters is that the country’s uptake rate is increasing at a critical moment.
It’s hard to imagine a nationwide come back into the office—and some already are. Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all city workers must get their shots by mid-September or be tested for the virus weekly. That news after Hizzoner urged private employers in the city to mandate the images framing them up as a pathway to freedom rather than an intrusive government requirement.flying in the States, where we’ve never even creacheda national consensus on things as simple as wearing a mask. But private and public employers essentially can require workers to be vaccinated to
“If people want freedom, iobs, if people want to live again, we have got to get more people vaccinated, and obviously,for whatever mandates we can achieve,” de Blasio told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer last Friday. (California announced similar rules for state employees and some workers today, while the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will likewise require many of its doctors, nurses, and more to be inoculated.)
Employer-enforced Texas law. If employer become the norm, there will no doubt be some who protest—but if such conditions can do anything to boost our tepid uptake rates and create safer workplaces, they will be worthwhile.will no doubt prove controversial. Still, they are generally legal—last month, a federal judge threw out a workers’ lawsuit over a Houston hospital’s mandate, finding that such a requirement is allowed under